The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and navies from Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States have just completed conducting a Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) exercise, codenamed Pacific Reach, from 17 to 25 Aug 2010.
The submarine support vessel, MV Swift Rescue, was launched by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in November 2008. The RSN is the first in the Southeast Asian region to acquire Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) capabilities with the equipping of the MV Swift Rescue and the submersible rescue vessel, Deep Search and Rescue Six (DSAR 6). The MV Swift Rescue and DSAR allow for the rapid and effective evacuation of personnel from distressed submarines.
The submersible rescue vessel, Deep Search and Rescue Six (DSAR 6) can carry up to 17 people and a crew of three, travel up to 3 knots and go up to 500m underwater for up to 15 hours at a time.